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If you like to learn about other people’s cultural heritage, or if you just like poking around their homes (by invitation!), this is the book for you. The perfect read for a winter’s day, I could not put it down.
Robin— From The Guynd
When New England-raised Belinda Rathbone falls for a charming Scottish landowner, she quickly discovers she's also begun a complex relationship with his family's 400-year-old ancestral estate, The Guynd--Gaelic for "a high, marshy place" (it rhymes with "wind").
Rathbone's memoir of her unlikely marriage and move to pastoral Scotland is by turns heartwarming and funny as she learns to cope with a grand but crumbling mansion still recovering from the effects of two world wars, an overgrown landscape, a derelict garden, troublesome tenants, local aristocracy, Scottish rituals, and a husband who loathes change.
Alternating between enchantment and near despair, Rathbone digs into family and local history in an effort to understand her new surroundings and the ties that bind us through generations.